Danielle Bean and Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., discuss ways moms can live the liturgical year with their families.
Fr. Jim and I recap how we began Lent with a look at Our Lady of Sorrows at the foot of the Cross.
Fr. Jim encourages us, "Let's give ourselves permission to live the Lent we lived as well as we could." He explains that for moms, "the asceticism of being present" is key. We're constantly interrupted, and it really does take a discipline to be open to that and recognize that these interruptions are our work. They're not actually interruptions—that's what we're called to do.
At the end of Lent, we can continue to go to Our Lady of Sorrows. We can look at the intentionality of Mary's life. We look at Mary, and we know she identifies with our sorrows. Mary knows what Jesus suffers. She's going first to the foot of the Cross, and she shows us how to be present there.
Make sure you stay to the very end for Fr. Jim's prescription for a great Holy Week with your families.
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Continue to go to Our Lady of Sorrows. Look at the intentionality of Mary's life. We know she identifies with our sorrows. #catholicmom
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Danielle Bean is an author, speaker, and podcaster. She and her husband Dan have 8 children and live in New Hampshire.